News - 21st November 2017

John clocks up 2,660km 

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This week we want to celebrate the incredible effort of Hazlehead parkrunner John Elrick who finished top of the Running Down Dementia distance leaderboard.


John clocked up 2,660km between May and the end of October – that’s further than the distance from his home in Aberdeen to Moscow!


The 61-year-old was also part of the Hazlehead parkrun team who finished top for distance. The 31 members ran more than 20,000km – that’s half the circumference of the Earth!


John only got back into running at the end of 2015 having given up 23 years previously. However, he has returned to the sport with a vengeance and runs every day, clocking up 40 to 60 miles a week. 


The father-of-two and grandfather-of-two said: “I stopped running towards the end of 1994 mainly due to injury, I had really painful knees. My times were getting slower so I gave up.


“My elder sister persuaded me to have another go. I had been following her and her chums around the circuit just taking photos and videos at the races and she convinced me to get back into it.


“I absolutely love running. It makes me feel good and I get a real sense of achievement from it. I’ve given up trying to get PBs every time I go out, but it’s nice when you try that bit harder and get a fast time. 


“I really enjoy parkrun. It’s the best way to spend an hour or so on a Saturday morning.”


John raised £273 for life-changing dementia research by taking part in Running Down Dementia and has loved the challenge. 


He said: “I’m really chuffed to be top of the leader board. I was very surprised, I didn’t know anything about it until one of the team members told me I was top.


“Running Down Dementia is great. It cost me nothing to take part. It’s a very worthwhile cause, anything we can do to help cure dementia has to be a good thing.”


If you want to make sure you’re among the first to know when Running Down Dementia 2018 launches, you can pre-register here.


If you cycle to parkrun or get to work by bike why not take part in Cycling Down Dementia? Our new cycling initiative challenges participants to ride either 300 or 1,000 miles by the end of January and raise £150.

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